Monday, January 07, 2008
Is McCain the Guy for Republicans?
John McCain has moved ahead of Romney in New Hampshire and also moved ahead of Giuliani in national polling. There's some chatter from the right about McCain being the only Republican hope for beating Barack Obama. But that doesn't seem plausible. Right now, McCain doesn't look all that plausible to the independent voters that he and Obama would be competing over. McCain has strengths but he wouldn't run the smearkrieg campaign that Republicans need to win. Given the lack of race-baiting, gay-baiting, and religion-baiting that would come from a McCain campaign, conservatives would lose interest. As I've said many times before, nominating McCain would turn the presidential election into an extended Democratic primary.